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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 31, 2008 4:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-10-31.sbd.ladner.8070.sbeok.shnf

The is was the last time I saw the Grateful Dead play live and they didn't let me down. Time isn't on my side today so I'm going to take the easy way out and copy and paste what I wrote about this show a year or so back. Can't see any reason to change what I said then.

It starts with a tight and exhilarating Help-Slipknot!-Franklin’s and it’s immediately apparent how much Garcia has been revitalised by having Bruce Hornsby to duet with in the last couple of months. In fact the whole band are on top of their game. The rest of the first set cruises effortlessly along. Effortless that is apart from Jerry’s voice, which started out ok but is definitely showing signs of strain. On it Must Have Been The Roses the cracked weariness works somehow, bringing real pathos to this song of lost dreams, ‘Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore…’

The highlight of the first set is Bird Song. Jerry’s voice has just gone now, but his guitar sings for him. Suddenly you find yourself going from feeling sorrow for this man whose singing is a shadow of what it was to being utterly mesmerised by the music that’s being made. You stop what you’re doing. You forget where you are. You listen. Garcia’s guitar soars and you take flight along with it. Hornsby underpins it – the sonic thermals that lift Garcia’s outstretched wings.

The second set kicks right off with Scarlet-Fire. There’s a carefree energy to Scarlet – it sounds like kids in a playground having fun ‘The wind in the willows playing tea for two/ The sky was yellow and the sun was blue’. The jam into Fire is for the grown ups though. There’s not a stitch out of place in this musical tapestry as the bright strands of the Fire riff are woven into place. The dancing flames of Fire are infectious and irresistible. When the world’s greatest ever dance band, which of course is what they are, hit the groove you dance in your head, in your heart and with your feet.

Truckin’ is next up. The anthem of the Dead – and they go at like the world’s greatest ever bar band, which of course is what they are, belting out the choruses like the boys in the barroom halfway through the fourth flagon. Another effortless gear change – this bus is running as smoothly as a sunshine daydream – and we’re into the ethereally sublime He’s Gone. Just as on Roses in the first set Jerry’s timeless, timeworn vocals are just right here – the steam locomotive has rolled down that track a time or two and it’s no wonder a cylinder or two has cracked. But you still better not get in its way.

Space starts out quietly, meditative and mysterious, cruising through the fathomless vastness of interstellar night, before taking a darker, scarier turn as we reach the forbidden planet where the power of a long-dead alien civilization lies waiting, temptingly corrupting… ‘There must be some way out of here…’ All Along the Watchtower explodes out with a passion of urgency and warning. Garcia’s guitar is a herald’s trumpet call to attention. ‘The hour is getting late…’ and then …

Stella Blue. This is just sublime. A fitting finale to a trilogy of Jerry triumphs tonight – Roses, He’s Gone, Stella Blue – strength and vulnerability, regret and reconciliation, accepting the inevitability of the end, and the inevitably of facing the end alone. ‘And when you hear that song/come crying like the wind/it seems like all this life/was just a dream/Stella Blue.’

So how do you follow that? You don’t really. But at least you can call on the world’s greatest ever rock’n’roll band, which of course is what they are, to bounce you smiling into the night. On the Werewolves encore Jerry is more of sad old hound dog than a ravening beast. But you still love him.

Damn it, you still love him.


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This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2008-10-31 11:45:41

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Poster: Ras ViKing Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

Seems I need to agree since I just posted about this show and source in the trick or Treat? thread before looking at this one. LOL

I guess it's true what they say : Grateful minds DO think alike.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 31, 2008 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

"The is was?" from robthewordsmith?!? Clearly you are wearing your grammatical halloween mask and came to the forum as well...me. Looks like something I would write.

Good luck with what is keeping you preoccupied.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

I know. And I couldn't get the link to work either.

On the bright side I've completed the assignment, submitted the invoice and thereby saved Christmas. So, since I'm a little less preoccupied now, I think I might bring the working day to an early close and get on down with Mr Brown. For which peerless gift, much thanks!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 31, 2008 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

Good deal my friend, good deal.

Now, if you could only get this frickin election outta my face, I'd like to get back to mindless antics here at the forum.

Could you do that for me? Just stop the madness? Between election coverage and recession coverage, what's a listener to do?

1990, huh? I lasted til 82. I can't imagine have gone another 13 yrs, but it was as much me...had to switch to comfortable chairs in small venues as I aged.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 31, 2008 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

There's never been any shortage of mindless antics around here, Master Tell. I hear you on the election shenanigans - I'll be glad when it's over too and I'm not even involved. But I'm sure that the belly-achers will find something else to gripe about.

As yes 1990 - the thing was that this was my first chance to see the band since 1981. I'd pretty much lost touch with the activities of the Grateful Dead over the intervening period and hadn't a clue what I was letting myself in for (didn't even know that Vince Welnick was in the band). Turned out to be a fine night though.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

I believe ya but I truly think one of the fine 79 should be listened to in addition

Like this Glasberg AUD for instance

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-31.nakcm700-glassberg.motb39.egert-sirmick.86239.flac16

P.S. Listened to SYF while carving pumpkins with the kids last night - my lovely 8 year old declared my pumpkin the 'coolest'



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Poster: daliguana Date: Oct 31, 2008 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

that pumpkin is my cover for the 10-31-85 show - thanks!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

That is indeed a most cool pumpkin!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 31, 2008 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

nice work!!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 31, 2008 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Got to be this one for me

Thanks Rob & Elbow

Tools used:
Sharp Dexter knife - to get the top off
Spoon - scoop out insides and scrape inside to thin pumpkin wall to allow illumination of detail
Stanly Sheetrock knife - most of the detail
little (2 inch) pumpkin saw tool - eyes and teeth
oyster knife - scraping out the lightning bolt and deepening line detail to get candle to illuminate, also used on eyes, nose & teeth.